About the NCC

Richard Oldfield, Chief Executive

"We are industry's research and development partner. When companies need to make things lighter, stronger, smarter and more sustainable they come to the NCC. With access to 'beyond' state-of-the-art technology and the best composites engineering capabilities in the world, we help our customers solve the most complex engineering challenges of our time."

Our Strategy

Leading collaborative innovation

A world leader in composite technology

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Leading collaborative innovation

To be recognised as a world leader in composite technology, accelerating the development and uptake of digital technologies for composites and growing the market for composites by driving innovation through collaboration and partnerships.


Highly motivated and engaged teams

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To push the boundaries of what's possible in the application of composites, building highly motivated and engaged teams that create an innovative and entrepreneurial culture at the NCC.



Leading in sustainability for composites

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To future-proof the application of composites by exploring novel materials and process capability, enabling industry to make more informed decisions on their application.

Changing markets and products

Making composites a mass market proposition

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Changing markets and products

To offer a wide range of capabilities from teams of specialists to the latest technology, to deliver complete engineering solutions. Improving the adoption and economic impact of the technology developed and delivering customer work to time, cost and the highest quality.

Resilient expansion

Making composites accessible

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Resilient expansion

To ensure composites technology and engineering expertise is accessible to every sector, so they can harness the full potential of composites and in turn, contribute to a sustained c.10% annual growth at the NCC.

Transforming business practices

Responding to the needs of customers

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Transforming business practices

To be agile and responsive to the needs of varied sectors and customers, and always working to the very highest standards of health and safety.

Our Stories

  • Janet Mitchell wins Outstanding Contribution to the Composites Industry award

    Our Director of Aerospace, Defence & Space, Janet Mitchell, will be the recipient of this year’s Outstanding Contribution to the Composites Industry Award, from Composites UK.
  • Sit-Ski Demonstrator

    Sit-Ski: HVM Catapult Technology Demonstrator
  • NCC CEO elected as Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering

    Our Chief Executive, Richard Oldfield, has been elected Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in recognition of his outstanding achievements and continuing contributions to the profession.
  • Playing with Purpose

    Richard Oldfield, CEO, National Composites Centre
  • Toray Advanced Composites signs new R&D partnership agreement with the NCC

    Toray Advanced Composites has signed a tier 1 membership with the National Composites Centre.

Our Members

  • SGL Carbon logo

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